Jim Dewar
Dewar in a 1947 newspaper clipping
No. 94     
Personal information
Date of birth: (1922-06-17)June 17, 1922
Place of birth: Oak Park, Illinois
Date of death: June 30, 1989(1989-06-30) (aged 67)
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
College: Indiana University
NFL Draft: 1947 / Round: 19 / Pick: 173
Debuted in 1947 for the Cleveland Browns
Last played in 1948 for the Brooklyn Dodgers (AAFC)
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • AAFC Champion (1947)
Career NFL statistics as of 1948
Games     11
Rushing yards     64
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

James Alexander Dewar Jr. (June 17, 1922 – June 30, 1989) was an American football halfback who played two seasons in the All-America Football Conference. Dewar played for the Cleveland Browns in 1947 and the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1948.

High school and college

Dewar attended Indiana University, where he was a standout as a halfback on the school's football team starting as a sophomore in 1942.[1] He ran back a punt 90 yards for a touchdown in a 53–0 victory over Butler University that year.[1] Dewar joined the U.S. Army in 1943 during World War II and played service football at Camp Grant in Rockford, Illinois.[2] He was selected in 1944 to play in the College All-Star Game, a now-defunct matchup between the National Football League champion and a squad composed of the country's best college players.[3] After the war, Dewar returned for a final season at Indiana.[4]

Professional football career

Dewar was selected with the 173rd pick in the 1947 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams.[5] He instead joined the Cleveland Browns of the All-America Football Conference along with former Indiana teammate Bob Cowan.[6][7] The Browns finished the 1947 season with a 12–1–1 record and won the AAFC championship against the New York Yankees.[8] After a year with the team, Dewar was sent to the Brooklyn Dodgers. He played one season there before leaving football.[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Indiana Trounces Butler U., 53-0". The Pittsburgh Press. United Press International (Bloomington, Ind.): p. 3. September 27, 1942. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=7yobAAAAIBAJ&sjid=gEwEAAAAIBAJ&pg=2790,5794501&dq=jim+dewar&hl=en. Retrieved September 17, 2012.
  2. "Billy Reed's Aerial Scores Touchdown Before End of Half". The Milwaukee Journal. Associated Press (Rockford, Ill.): p. 1. September 25, 1943. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=uqkWAAAAIBAJ&sjid=BSMEAAAAIBAJ&pg=5822,4100737&dq=jim+dewar&hl=en. Retrieved September 17, 2012.
  3. "Chicago Bears Rated Stronger Than All-Stars". Warsaw Daily Times. United Press International (Chicago): p. 5. August 30, 1944. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=x0tfAAAAIBAJ&sjid=qVQNAAAAIBAJ&pg=5177,6410833&dq=jim+dewar&hl=en. Retrieved September 17, 2012.
  4. "Hoosiers Crush Minnesota In Second Half Drive, 21-0". The Pittsburgh Press. United Press International (Minneapolis): p. 13. October 6, 1946. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=6TgbAAAAIBAJ&sjid=00wEAAAAIBAJ&pg=2673,4831544&dq=jim+dewar&hl=en. Retrieved September 17, 2012.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Jim Dewar NFL Football Statistics". Pro Football Reference. Archived from the original on October 7, 2012. http://www.webcitation.org/6BEvIWQzm. Retrieved September 17, 2012.
  6. Sauerbrei, Harold (November 15, 1947). "Ulinski And Dewar Figure In Brown's Battle Plans". Cleveland Plain Dealer: p. 15.
  7. Sauerbrei, Harold (August 14, 1947). "Mayne's Speed Boosts Chances With Browns". Cleveland Plain Dealer: p. 18.
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  • Piascik, Andy (2007). The Best Show in Football: The 1946–1955 Cleveland Browns. Lanham, MD: Taylor Trade Publishing. ISBN 978-1-58979-571-6.

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